From left to right: Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton slugs homers, Photo Credits: CSN Philly and NY Daily News
Monday marked two milestones for two of the league’s hard hitting batters, Miami Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton slugged his 55th dinger of the season against the New York Mets and New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge bashed his 44th homer of the year at the expense of the Minnesota Twins.
The last time a player reached 55 or more home runs in a season was when Ryan Howard slugged 58 for the Philadelphia Phillies back in 2006. Now, Stanton is on pace to reach 60 or more bombs with 12 games left for his side this year. Reaching 60 would undoubtedly put him side by side with Babe Ruth’s 1927 all-time record of 60.
On the other hand, Judge just needs six more bombs to pass Mark McGwire’s 1987 rookie regular-season home run record of 49. With 12 games left for the Yankees as well, Judge has a decent shot at etching his name in history books while his team is in a heated battle to secure a Wild Card spot for the playoffs as the season draws to a close.
Tuesday, September 19
7:05 PM ET – Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles (Red Sox win)
7:05 PM ET – Minnesota Twins vs. New York Yankees (Twins win)
7:05 PM ET – Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Philadelphia Phillies (Phillies win)
7:05 PM ET – Milwaukee Brewers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (Brewers win)
7:05 PM ET – Kansas City Royals vs. Toronto Blue Jays (Blue Jays win)
7:10 PM ET – Chicago Cubs vs. Tampa Bay Rays (Cubs win)
7:10 PM ET – New York Mets vs. Miami Marlins (Marlins win)
7:10 PM ET – Oakland Athletics vs. Detroit Tigers (Athletics win)
7:10 PM ET – St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds (Reds win)
7:35 PM ET – Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves (Nationals win)
8:10 PM ET – Chicago White Sox vs. Houston Astros (White Sox win)
10:07 PM ET – Cleveland Indians vs. Los Angeles Angels (Indians win)
10:10 PM ET – Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Diego Padres (Diamondbacks win)
10:10 PM ET – Texas Rangers vs. Seattle Mariners (Mariners win)
10:15 PM ET – Colorado Rockies vs. San Francisco Giants (Giants win)
Minnesota Twins vs. New York Yankees
The Minnesota Twins are struggling to hold on to the final AL Wild Card spot with the Los Angeles Angels in pursuit and just 1.5 games in between them. While the New York Yankees have a comfortable five game lead in front of Minnesota as they head to Yankee Stadium in a potential postseason Wild Card matchup.
Their opening game against each other yesterday was a tightly contested game as the Yanks took a 2-1 victory at home. However, the Twins are looking to bounce back with José Berríos (12-7, 3.84 ERA) starting because he’s got a 28.3 whiff rate with his four-seam fastball which only trails Chris Sale, Jacob deGrom, and Rich Hill among the 80 pitchers in the league who’ve gotten at least 300 swings against their fastballs.
While the Yankees are going with CC Sabathia (11-5, 3.85 ERA) who’s got an 18-9 record with a 3.16 ERA in 37 at bats against the Twins. However, he hasn’t faced this year’s young lineup yet and he only lasted 4 1/3 innings in his last start against the Tampa Bay Rays, giving up one run on six hits and two walks.
This should be another competitive matchup between the two teams and we could see how badly the Twins want this postseason appearance after missing out on the playoffs for the past seven years.
Prediction: Minnesota Twins Win
Los Angeles Angels vs. Cleveland Indians
The recently crowned American League Central champions will begin their journey out west against a team they could face in the first round of the 2017 postseason, the Los Angeles Angels. While the Halos are still not in the clear with the Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles all around 4-6 games behind a Wild Card spot.
The Angels will send Tyler Skaggs (2-5, 4.37 ERA) to the mound as they attempt to get a better grip of their AL standing. Skaggs undoubtedly had the best performance of his career last time out against the Houston Astros after not giving up any runs in seven innings. However, he’s been awful in his last five game stretch with a 1-2 record and a 5.68 ERA. To make things worse for him in his next matchup, he gave up a career-high seven earned runs in five innings the last time he faced Indians on August 12, 2016.
On the other hand, Mike Clevinger (10-5, 3.21 ERA) has been unstoppable for the Indians in his last four starts after going 4-0 with an unreal 0.38 ERA. Unfortunately, he didn’t have the same success the last time he faced the Halos on July 25 since he allowed a season-high six runs (five earned) in just 4 1/3 frames.
The Halos might have to replicate their success against Clevinger while Skaggs might have to produce another performance like the one he had versus the Astros to beat the Tribe. With five teams breathing down their necks and the Cleveland juggernaut ahead of them, the Halos sure have their work cut out for them.
Prediction: Cleveland Indians Win